University of North Dakota

December 14, 2018

High standards hall pact with FedEx

Student-pilot scholarship program supports future flight instructors at UND. The FedEx Purple Runway Aviation Scholarship Program will provide funding to students completing training as certified flight instructors. It’s also designed to support those earning their instrument and multi-engine instruction ratings. Highlighting the occasion was a larger-than-life check written out to the school for $500,000. That amount will fund five years of scholarships targeted specifically to those becoming flight instructors.

UND student vote to fund new Memorial Union

UND students voted to leave a legacy for future students on Tuesday, November 20. They voted 54 to 46 percent to increase their student fees and build a new Memorial Union. A total of 2,439 students took part in the election, more than in the vote for the mascot. Planning for the new building, which will cost about $80 million, begins soon. It is expected to be completed in Spring 2021, pending approval by the State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota State Legislature. The new, 158,000 square-foot, three-story Memorial Union will include study and meeting spaces with up-to-date technology, expanded dining and retail options, indoor/outdoor gathering spaces, a rooftop terrace, and more.

UND representatives attend Department of Homeland Security’s Future UAS Threat Workshop at Camp Grafton Training Center

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) led an unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, workshop this week (Nov 6-7), which partnered private and government agencies at the North Dakota National Guard’s Camp Grafton Training Center. Attending the workshop were representatives of the University of North Dakota (UND); MIT-Lincoln Laboratories; Sandia National Laboratories; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and Aerospace Corp. The groups worked together to analyze and identify future threat UAS capabilities. Some of the key participants from North Dakota during this week’s workshop included Mark Askelson, of UND’s Research Institute for Autonomous Systems; and Paul Snyder, head of UND Aerospace’s UAS Program. Their involvement in the workshop highlighted North Dakota’s position as a leader in UAS and counter-UAS technology.